Kindergarten students in Señora Lopez’s Spanish class celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15) with an activity based on the book, “Build a Burrito: A Counting Book in English and Spanish” by Denise Varga. Students used their hands (and all 10 fingers!) to make “burritos” with their very favorite “ingredients.” It was a fun and engaging way to reinforce numerical and food-related Spanish vocabulary words.
Students in all grades, from PK3 – grade 8, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in different ways through Espiritu Santo’s Spanish curriculum. Cultural understanding and language fluency go hand in hand, enhancing comprehension and learning satisfaction … not unlike how our favorite ingredients come together to make the perfect burrito. Delicioso!
Special delivery! Eighth grade students delivered donations to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry today and re-stocked their shelves. Donations of canned goods and other shelf-stable food and supplies were gathered last week as part of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg “Week of Caring in the Year of Mercy”. Thank you to all the families who donated … no act of mercy is too small to make a big impact. #DOSPmercy #YearofMercy
The ESCS Chess Club kicked off the Fall tournament season with a great start at the first day of the Mary Bryant Gran Prix. ESCS students played against students from public and private schools from northern Tampa, Pinellas, and Manatee. The K-1 division is currently in second place with all of it’s team members ranked in the top 15 and one ranked first. The 6th-12th division is in 4th place and only a half of a point behind the third place team. Overall, five students ranked in the top 15 of their respective division. The second day of the competition will be held October 9th at Mary Bryant. Students may still sign up for their division and help ESCS bring home a trophy. Good luck Patriots!
So proud of our Patriots!! The ESCS Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team placed 5th out of 16 teams competing in the Indian Rocks Volleyball Tournament this weekend. They represented our school and parish well … thanks, Coach Wickett, for leading these girls on and off the court. Way to go, Lady Patriots!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Lady Patriots at last night’s spirit game. Both our JV and Varsity volleyball teams played tough games against St. Cecelia’s. Although we didn’t emerge with a win, we were reminded that our Patriot fans are the BEST! Win or lose, the ESCS family is there for one another. GO PATRIOTS!
Class of 2017 … blue sure does look good on you!
“The Lord is my strength and my shield.” Every year, Espiritu Santo’s graduating class has the privilege of designing a class t-shirt and sweatshirt to wear during their eighth grade year. The Class of 2017 chose the a verse from Ephesians on which to base their design:
“In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield … and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” -Ephesians 6:16-17
We love to see our eighth graders wearing scripture with pride!
ESCS students have been busy this week working on projects to support the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg “Week of Caring in the Year of Mercy”! During the week of September 17 – 24, all 47 Catholic schools and centers around the diocese are joining forces with over 5,000 volunteers across the Bay area through CareFest 2016.
At ESCS, students in all grades created cards of thanks and encouragement for local public servants – police officers, firefighters and medical personnel. They also collected donations to benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry. Small works can make a big difference! #DOSPmercy #YearofMercy
Thank you, Student Council, for the fabulous Prayer Service on Wednesday. As Catholic christians, we are called to reach out to others with compassion and love. Way to go, sixth grade, for your enthusiasm & reverence when proclaiming God’s word!
The Giving Garden is looking great! Alicia Roberts Thacker & Nicole Robichaux have been busy replanting carrots and radishes and the peas are really taking off. Thank you to the PK3 & VPK classrooms for nurturing bean seedlings into sprouts. So many good things are growing at ESCS in the Giving Garden!!
Each year, the graduating eighth grade class designs a SPIRIT SHIRT for the ESCS student body. Students in all grades wear Spirit Shirts at Prayer Services and special events throughout the year. Proceeds from the sale of Spirit Shirts go to help fund the eighth grade class trip to Sea Camp (an educational science exploratory program) in the Florida Keys. The Spirit Shirt theme – and color! – changes each year, but the design always revolves around our faith. The Class of 2017 chose Psalm 119:105 as inspiration for this year’s Spirit Shirt … “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.” The back of the shirt bears this scripture passage, while the front reads, “Those who walk with God always reach their destination.” What a great message for our young students as they continue on their journey of academic growth and faith formation at Espiritu Santo Catholic School … God is with them, 100% of the way!